Quint Dobbins has aspirations for college, but the three-sport Anniston High standout first has to decide what sport he wants to play in college.

Whether he goes as a quarterback or safety in football, forward in basketball or pitcher in baseball, the college that chooses him will get a civic-minded young man.

For four years, Dobbins has been part of the contingent of Anniston High football players that wear their jerseys and cheer Woodstock 5K runners.

He’s at the start line.

“I’ll be cheering them on,” Dobbins said, “like, ‘Come on, you all! Come on! Finish all the way! Finish all the way! Push yourself through!’”

He’ll be at the finish line, handing out water and giving out wet


“When we cheer them on, we put a smile on their faces,” Dobbins said. “Every time we do it, we put a smile on their faces.”

Anniston High’s parking lot lines Woodstock Avenue, from the start line to the finish, and the school gets involved. The marching band plays the national anthem, and the football team encourages runners to brave early August heat and the historic Woodstock course’s hills.

Anniston coach Eddie Bullock encouraged his team to get involved, and Dobbins is glad to do it.

“This helps us a lot, because some people around here talk about the football team as though we’re a bad influence, stuff like that,” Dobbins said. “When the Woodstock comes around, like, when they’re running round, it’s like, ‘Go Bulldogs!’”

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